The Official Google Blog:
Two new improvements to Google results pages — Today we're rolling out two new improvements to Google search. The first offers an expanded list of useful related searches and the second is the addition of longer search result descriptions — both of which help guide users more effectively to the information they need.
Discussion: PC World, paidContent.org, CNET News, Technologizer, eWeek, Search Engine Watch, InfoWorld, Silicon Alley Insider, Download Squad, Mashable!, VoIP & Gadgets Blog, tinyComb, AppScout, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, TECH.BLORGE.com, Lifehacker, InformationWeek and The Noisy Channel, Thanks:atul
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World: Google Rolls out Semantic Search Capabilities
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: Why Google Is Tweaking The Look Of Its Search Results
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Google adds new depth to complicated searches
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Google Gets a Little More Refined
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Google Refining Search Features As Yahoo Improves SearchMonkey
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Google Launches Two Updates to Results Pages
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Google Tweaks Search, Keeps Getting Better
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Google Goes (Slightly) Semantic with Tweaks to Search Results
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout: Google Rolls Out Contextual, Longer Search Results
Peter Young / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Google Rolls Out Longer Snippets and New Search Refinements
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek: Google Improves Search Results
Daniel Tunkelang / The Noisy Channel: Google Offers “More And Better Search Refinements”
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Implements ‘Orion’ Technology, Improves Search Refinements & Adds Longer Snippets — Google is announcing two changes to search results this morning. The first involves the use of longer “snippets” (text extracts containing the keywords) when users input queries of three words or more.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits: Google Tries to Get Smarter, More Useful
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Changes Could Decrease Downstream Traffic — Google says it gets smarter every day, but today the company made a big enough leap in what it shows to users that an announcement was in order. The company blog post says that today's improvements are intended to “get you to the web page you want as quickly as possible.”
Discussion: Ars Technica and Between the Lines
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone Makes Up 50 Percent of Smartphone Web Traffic In U.S., Android Already 5 Percent — The iPhone now accounts for 50 percent of mobile Web traffic from smartphones in the U.S., according to an AdMob Mobile Metrics report released this morning. Over the past six months …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: AdMob's iPhone Ad Business Exploding
Jennifer Bergen / The Toybox: iPhone dominates in mobile Web traffic, Android already on its way up
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones: Internet traffic data shows the iPhone was top dog in February
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: AdMob: Android Smartphone Jumps to 5% OS Share in U.S.
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search: AdMob Feb. Metrics: Smartphone Mobile Internet Share Continues to Grow
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sued for promoting iPhone as eBook reader — An overseas communications firm is suing Apple for promoting its iPhone handset as a touchscreen digital book reader, a concept it claims to have patented over seven years ago. — In a 7-page complaint filed with a Virginia district court Monday …
Discussion: TechFlash, Gadget Lab, Macsimum News, Crave, TeleRead, IntoMobile and Engadget
Eric Engleman / TechFlash: Apple slapped with lawsuit over electronic books on iPhone
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Apple Sued for Marketing iPhone as Book Reader
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Swiss company sues Apple for daring to think the iPhone could be an ebook reader
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: iPhone as e-book reader: Patent absurdity?
Will Park / IntoMobile: Apple sued for pushing iPhone as eBook reader
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget: Apple, MONEC in lawsuit over iPhone e-book apps
Lucy Hornby / Reuters:
“Unafraid” China apparently fears YouTube — BEIJING (Reuters) - China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked. — YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Wall Street Journal, paidContent.org, Digital Daily and BBC
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal: YouTube Says China Blocks Site
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: China Blocks YouTube (Again)
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: China to YouTube: YouBlocked
Quentin Sommerville / BBC: China ‘blocks YouTube video site’
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube Being Blocked in China, Google Says
YouTube Being Blocked in China, Google Says
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: China Bans YouTube, Again
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Last.fm Radio Announcement — Today we're announcing an upcoming change to the way Last.fm Radio works in some parts of the world. In the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, nothing will change. — In all other countries, listening to Last.fm Radio will soon require a subscription of €3.00 per month.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Download Squad, Epicenter, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat: Last.fm to charge users outside U.S., U.K., and Germany
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter: Last.fm Radio to Require Paid Subscription in Hundreds of Countries
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Last.fm to Charge Subscription Fee for Many International Listeners
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Last.fm to Start Charging International Users
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Looks Beyond Cellphones — As Core Business Slumps, Wireless Carrier Aims to Use Its Network for Dashboard Computers, GPS Devices — Unable to sign up enough new cellphone subscribers, Sprint Nextel Corp. is increasingly trying to use the excess capacity on its wireless network to power other consumer gadgets.
Discussion: Computerworld, CNET News, Engadget Mobile, Gadget Lab, InformationWeek, Phone Arena, Unwired View, Electronista, FierceWireless, SlashGear and CrunchGear
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld: Sprint shifts direction, offers its wireless service for consumer devices
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: Sprint to help connect gadgets to the Net
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab: Sprint Looks to Lease Network to Gadget Makers
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Sprint May Rent Excess Network Capacity
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Sprint looking for embedded wireless partnerships
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Sprint 3G talks with Garmin, Kodak & SanDisk?
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: Sprint may be the network of choice for non-phone devices
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tweaks Its Title Tags For Better Google Juice — Notice that title tag for my Twitter profile page? — It reads “Robin Wauters (robinwauters) on Twitter” where it used to say “Twitter / robinwauters”. For the TechCrunch Twitter account, it used to read “Twitter / TechCrunch” …
Discussion: CNET News, Between the Lines and bub.blicio.us, Thanks:atul
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Twitter tweaks page titles, breaks out on Google
Michelle Lentz / bub.blicio.us: Twitter Gives You Google Juice
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Woops! China Unicom post iPhone Page - Guess who is bringing the iPhone to China? — They don't get any better than this! It looks like the biggest mobile market in the world will be served the iPhone by China Unicom - unless there is something very shady going on.
Discussion: Macworld UK, AppleInsider, Tech Trader Daily and MacRumors
Owen Fletcher / Macworld UK: China Unicom Web site posts iPhone 3G and G1 specs
Owen Fletcher / Network World:
China Unicom Web site posts iPhone 3G and G1 specs
China Unicom Web site posts iPhone 3G and G1 specs
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Silicon Alley Insider, GPS Obsessed, IntoMobile, I4U News and O'Grady's PowerPage
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0: China Unicom posts ad for iPhone
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: iPhone Set To Launch In China?
Simon Sage / IntoMobile: iPhone Pops up on China Unicom
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Apple closer to iPhone Launch in China?
Mark Ghuneim / MediaPost:
Twitter: How Small Interface Changes Are A Big Win For Everyone — At first glance, Twitter's recent interface changes seem to be relatively minor — a “Featured Users” option within “Find People,” a “Search Now” box, and a new “Trends” section. Yet, after a more in-depth examination …
Call to ‘shut down’ Street View — Images of 25 cities are viewable via Google Street View — A formal complaint about Google's Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO). — Drawn up by privacy campaigners, it cites more than 200 reports from members of the public identifiable via the service.
Discussion: Privacy International, CNET News, TechCrunch Europe, twopointouch, PC World, Softpedia News and Electricpig.co.uk
Mr Richard Thomas / Privacy International: PI files complaint about Google Street View
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News: Privacy group targets Google Street View U.K.
Ian Delaney / twopointouch: Trust me, I have an IP address
Daniel Ionescu / PC World: Brits Want Google Street View Shut Down
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Face.com Brings Facial Recognition To Facebook Photos (We Have Invites) — If there is one feature on Facebook which delivers “social utility” magic even to the most average of users, it's Photos. In fact the feature is so popular that by Facebook's own account 1 billion photos are uploaded every month …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, RotorBlog.com, VentureBeat, Socialmedia.biz and TheNextWeb.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb: Facial Recognition Comes to Facebook
Arnold Zafra / RotorBlog.com: Photo Finder App Coming to Facebook Soon
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat: Find untagged photos of your Facebook friends with Face.com's Photo Finder
Ayeletnoff / Socialmedia.biz: Photo Finder will find you wherever you are
Ayelet Noff / TheNextWeb.com: Photo-Finder Will Find You Wherever You Are
Ploth / perceptdev.com:
iPhone Keyboard - no Jailbreaking required, using 2.0 SDK — A number of industrious individuals have achieved what to some is the holy grail of iPhone accessories: an iPhone keyboard. But most have done it in a very hard-to-repeat manner, and few have shared the methods they used.
Discussion: Technologizer, Ars Technica, TUAW, Macworld, Gizmodo, Gadget Lab, Softpedia News, The Apple Core, Obsessable, Hack a Day, Apple Gazette and VOIP IP Telephony
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: I'm Dying to Get My Hands on an iPhone Keyboard! I Think!
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Engineers show off “no jailbreak” iPhone keyboard hack
Dave Caolo / TUAW: iPhone external keyboard without jailbreaking
David Dahlquist / Macworld: iPhone keyboard hack uses extreme geekery for heroic means
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: iPhone Tweaked (Not Hacked) to Work With External Keyboard
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: iPhone 2.0 keyboard hack, sans jailbreak
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable: Use an external keyboard with an iPhone sans jailbreak
Caleb Kraft / Hack a Day: external keyboard with an iphone
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Acer F1 may come in September powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU — Acer F1, one of the smartphones said to come with Windows Mobile 6.5 on board, will apparently be launched in September 2009. — What's more interesting is that, according to AllAboutPhones.nl, which participated …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com, IntoMobile and WMExperts
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Acer F1 (with Snapdragon!) rumored for September
John D. Sutter / CNN:
No joke in April Fool's Day computer worm — (CNN) — A computer-science detective story is playing out on the Internet as security experts try to hunt down a worm called Conficker C and prevent it from damaging millions of computers on April Fool's Day. — The anti-worm researchers …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Tiny, Super-fast Linux distro Moblin V2 alpha 2 released — Late in January of this year I installed Moblin on my MSI Wind U100 netbook. At the time, it wasn't officially supported by the distro and my wireless wouldn't connect, so I ended up removing it.
Discussion: Moblin Blogs and jkOnTheRun
Tariq Shureih / Moblin Blogs: Moblin v2 Alpha 2 Release
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Moblin v2 Alpha 2 Arrives for Netbooks
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs:
Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile — For those of you reading this in an RSS reader, you can watch the video here. You can also grab the embed code if you want to use this video in your own blog. — Just over a month ago, I mentioned on this blog that we were gearing up to launch Skype 3. Beta …
Discussion: Download Squad, jkOnTheRun and WMExperts
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: Skype 3.0 for Windows Mobile Adds SMS and File Sharing
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Skype 3.0 beta sends texts, files
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Palm's Secret Weapon for the Pre — Against the odds, Palm courted a formidable community of developers whose apps may prove vital to the fortunes of the make-or-break Pre smartphone — As recently as late 2008, Pandora Networks' Chief Technology Officer Tom Conrad still had big doubts about the prospects for smartphone maker Palm.
Google's Wonder Wheel Experiment, and More — Google is running an experiment in their search results, apparently shown to a portion of their users. What happens is that on the search results, say for the query comic books, a link in the top blue bar will read “Show options...”.
Sue McAllister / Mercury News:
More office space, lower leases in Silicon Valley — An ugly economy has affected more than Silicon Valley's residential real estate market; it's pummeling the commercial real estate market as well. — About 8.7 million square feet of Silicon Valley office space was vacant in the fourth quarter of 2008 …
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
Rumored Lenovo oPhone OS Looks Too Apple-like — Chinese bloggers have posted photos that are rumored to depict what the Lenovo oPhone's operating system looks like. Apparently, much like their moniker, the oPhone OS also has that slight Apple-y touch. — Rounded square icons against a black background?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electricpig.co.uk
James Falconer / IntoMobile: Lenovo OPhone OS Rips Off iPhone Look, Feel and Function?
Toby Knight / Electricpig.co.uk: Lenovo OPhone rips off the iPhone like no other
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Samsung Papyrus: touchscreen ebook debuts … Samsung is too launch a touchscreen ebook reader to take on the Amazon Kindle Pocket-lint has learnt. — The new model called Papyrus will launch in Korea in June with the aim to eventually launch in the UK and US a spokesperson for Samsung told Pocket-lint.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Samsung Hub
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Samsung Papyrus e-book reader on track for Korean launch this summer
Scott Merrill / CrunchGear: Samsung ready to roll out Papyrus touchscreen ebook reader
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Michael Dell hints at smartphones, mobile Internet devices — CEO says it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a smartphone or similar device from the company — IDG News Service) Michael Dell gave the strongest hint to-date that his company is developing a mobile Internet device or smartphone at a speech in Tokyo today.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, DigiTimes, Between the Lines, ChannelWeb, mocoNews, Tech Trader Daily, Electronista, Homotron.net, Gearlog, Crave and SlashGear
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: Dell Boss Stokes Smartphone Rumors
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes: Dell says smartphone to be released on schedule
Andrew R Hickey / ChannelWeb: Is A Dell Smartphone Imminent? For Real This Time?
Tiny Dancer / Homotron.net: Michael Dell Hints At Smartphone
Brian Heater / Gearlog: Michael Dell: We're Working on a Mobile Internet Device
Chris Davies / SlashGear: “Smaller screen” 3G devices in works says Michael Dell
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9630 Review: Part 1 — We've been playing with it non-stop all weekend. We've tastelessly shown it off with a dash of hood on video. But the review is now finally ready. We decided to split this into two parts, one now and one right before launch.
Discussion: IntoMobile, I4U News and Engadget
Simon Sage / IntoMobile: BlackBerry 9630 Niagara Reviewed, Gushed Over
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: BlackBerry 9630 aka Niagara gets reviewed early
Chris Ziegler / Engadget: BlackBerry Niagara 9630 reviewed in all its prerelease glory
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Hulu Adds New Exec Larcher For International Push — Hulu has further signaled its overseas ambitions by hiring a dedicated international SVP to acquire TV rights. Johannes Larcher had previously been search firm Overture's international GM, international VP for Friendster …
Discussion: Download Squad, Contentinople, Silicon Alley Insider and Jobwire
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Hulu plans to go international
Jeff Baumgartner / Contentinople: News Bits: Hulu Goes International
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Hulu Hiring To Take Its Evil Plot International
Doug Coleman / Jobwire: Hulu Hires International Senior VP
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Announces Executive Team (Internal Memo) — MySpace Music, the joint venture between MySpace and the major labels to provide free streaming music to users, is announcing its executive team this afternoon. The president of the company, Courtney Holt, was announced late last year.
Doug Coleman / Jobwire: MySpace Music Executive Team Announced
The most reliable (and unreliable) blogging services — Millions of people who blog don't want to deal with hosting their blog themselves, so they use a blogging service instead. There are many things that factor into the choice of blogging service, but one of them should always be site reliability.